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Summer school in Brazil in political science & IR research methods (for faculty, Ph.D., post-docs, & advanced MA students)

The goal of this program is to provide scholars of the social sciences with access to high-quality, cutting edge, advanced training in qualitative and quantitative social science methods. The target group is high-potential, upper-level scholars of political science, international relations, and related disciplines. Preference will be given to current faculty members, post-doctoral and doctoral students. Truly exceptional masters' students in political science, international relations, and closely related fields will also be considered.

IPSA - 3rd annual Summer School - Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Sciences and International Relations January 30, 2012 - February 10, 2012
University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Applications may be received until November 10, 2011.

For more information or to apply: http://summerschool.ipsa.org/

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and Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Academic objectives:

This program aims to provide basic training in three general areas:

1. quantitative data analysis,
2. qualitative data analysis, and
3. research design and methods.

It is hoped that participants will be able to return to their home institutions with greatly enhanced methodological skills, having built bridges with peers from other institutions and nations, and with the potential to disseminate these skills effectively among their peers.

We seek a varied student body, with representation from as many countries and methodological backgrounds as possible. Our two first Summer Schools, held in February 2010 and 2011, brought together students from 10 and 16 different countries, respectively. One-fifth of the students were current faculty members, and half were doctoral students.

Classes will be held full-time between January 30 and February 10, 2012, with the exception of the weekend of February 5-6. Given the extreme rigor of the coursework, which will be taught in English, each accepted applicant will be permitted to enroll in only one course (or two one-week courses). Students who successfully complete the coursework will receive a course certificate and an evaluation of their performance will be sent to their home institution.

In 2012 the Summer School will offer the following courses:

Two-week courses:

1. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and related methods
2. Mixed methods design
3. Analyzing cross-national data sets with multivariate techniques
4. Behavioral games and strategies in politics
5. Quantitative textual analysis
6. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling: Cross cultural analysis with the European social survey (ESS)
7. Multiple regression analysis
8. Case study methodology - small-n research designs

One-week courses:

1. Techniques for analyzing public opinion for political and economic decision makers
2. A Practical Introduction to Bayesian Statistical Modeling

Institutional Partners:

The Summer School is a partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Department of Political Science (DCP) and the Institute for International Relations (IRI) at the University of São Paulo.

Generous support for the 2010 and 2011 Summer Schools was provided by the IPSA, by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), by the University of São Paulo, and by the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM/CEBRAP).

Contact: summerschool (at) ipsa.org

For more information or to apply: http://summerschool.ipsa.org/

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